DIYs & Tutorials

DIY Cuffed Shorts

April 28, 2011
As an attempt to achieve an Annie Hall look, I purchased these pants at a thrift store for a little over a dollar (25 lempiras).
Annie Hall style


However, they never did my small frame any justice. That’s why, after a reader from my blog in Spanish requested a tutorial for turning pants into cuffed shorts, I decided to chop these off.  Here’s what you need:

DIY cuffed shorts materials

As reference to the final length of the shorts, I used a pair that I already had with the length I wanted. I used a ruler and tailor’s chalk to make my first marking, on the wrong side of the pants:

Cuffed Shorts DIY - Step 1

Next, I marked 3 inches below my first marking.

DIY Cuffed Shorts- Step 2

This second marking is the line you will cut through. You can pin both sides of the pants together in order to cut them evenly.

DIY Cuffed Shorts- Step 3

Now, fold them upwards (still wrong side up) along first marking you made. Iron the fold flat:

DIY Cuffed Shorts- Step 4

Fold another half inch towards the inside of the fold; The result is a 2.5 inch hem. You can use the tape measure to make sure the hem is even, and use pins to keep it in place.

DIY Cuffed Shorts- Step 5

Now, the fun (and sometimes most difficult) part: sewing! Sew a straight stitch along the very edge of the fold.

DIY Cuffed Shorts- Step 6

Once you’ve finished sewing, your hem is officially done. Flip it towards the right side, heat press with the iron, and the backwards hem is now a cutesy cuff.

This is what it should look like:

DIY Cuffed Shorts- Step 7

The pink, dotted line is where the straight stitch is visible (inside the shorts). If the fabric is somewhat flimsy, secure the cuff by sewing the sides of it to the shorts, and maybe a few stitches center front and back.

I did it all with my sewing machine, but it can be hand sewn as well.

DIY Cuffed Shorts- Step 8

The final result:

DIY cuffed shorts outfit

Worn with thrifted corset and red blazer from Tiendas Carrion

DIY cuffed shorts outfit worn with red blazer and vintage corset

Not frumpy enough for Annie Hall, but frumpy enough for some lovin’. ♥

DIY cuffed shorts outfit worn with red blazer and vintage corset

Hope it wasn’t too hard to understand. Feel free to ask any questions!

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  • Windsor Grace April 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Awesome, I’ll have to try that!

  • Coatlicue Fatale April 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    what a great DIY post!! The last post is superb!! your outfits are amazing please keep posting your gorgeous outfits as well as more DIY!!


  • Smolder Me April 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    this is awesome DIY. Id like to try this too..following you now..hope you can follow back! xoxo Cheryl 🙂

  • sawol April 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

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  • Mayflower April 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    The shorts look really cute!xx

  • The October Issue May 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I have that belt! It’s from H&M,right?

  • compradora anonima May 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    K genial idea, lo intentare, sobre todo el Look final esta increible

  • Theresa Hannon May 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I love the shorts, so cute!
    Your blog is fabulous and your style is so unique!!

  • Brookelyn May 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I love cuffed shorts, and I’m super impressed with your diy!

  • WendyB May 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Amazing job! I want a pair 🙂

  • PRENA May 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Such a brilliant idea, and it looks gorgeous on you! Love the red blazer!

  • Carolina May 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    <3 me encantoooo!!

  • Patti G May 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    they turned out amazing!

  • Eleh May 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    hei gorgeous 🙂
    the shorts looks fabulous. i shall try this out sometime!

  • Sabrina May 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    really nice post and creation!
    if you want follow me on blogger and I will do the same!

  • Shey May 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    me encanta, tu refashion esta genial!

  • Ali July 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Holaaa! Me encanta tu blog! Pero este DIY deberias hacerlo en espaniol tambien. No entiendo como costuras todo al revez del short y al final queda bien por la parte de enfrente! Freaky! Haha!

  • sepatuholic February 2, 2012 at 1:47 am

    i can’t stop just in one post with your blog. this is a great job! love your DYIs…